Vona Groarke’s Four Sides Full is a personal essay that opens up and out about the body, family, the past, love, beauty and solitude. The acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary is a fan of Vona’s work, describing Four Sides Full in The Irish Times Best Books of 2016 as “an intriguing read. Part autobiography, part essay, it explores life and art in the way that only a poet can.”
The American poet Louise Glück famously wrote that “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” Perhaps this is why so many poets have been deeply influenced by their childhood. “They tuck you up, your mum and dad” (Adrian Mitchell’s softer take on Philp Larkin’s original line) is the title for this series of conversations featuring some of Ireland’s finest writers and poets as they reflect on the often complex parent / child relationship through memoir and poetry.